GM’s job cuts mean new kind of worker needed

November 6 – Detroit Free Press

General Motors is a technology company that makes cars and the skills its employees had yesterday are continuously becoming outdated. Experts say that is the underlying message of GM CEO Mary Barra’s move on Oct. 31 to offer voluntary buyouts to GM’s North American salaried workers with 12 or more years of experience with the company.

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Howes: Strong economy poses risks for next governor — whoever it is

November 5 – The Detroit News

Michigan’s next governor will inherit something the state’s last three CEOs didn’t — the strongest economy in close to 50 years. Job creation is up, unemployment is plumbing record lows and per-capita income is rising. State tax policy is once again deemed competitive. And for the first time in decades, Detroit is on generally solid financial footing, attracting billions in private capital and fundamentally changing the narrative of America’s poorest major city.

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Virginia economic development guru to head new Southeast Michigan business attraction group

November 1 – Crain’s Detroit

The still-nameless nonprofit formed by a group of CEOs that’s looking to attract business to Southeast Michigan named its leader, and he’s coming from Virginia. The regional CEO group led by among others DTE Energy Co. and its top executive, Gerry Anderson, has been planning to launch an economic development organization.

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Nameless regional economic group launches, selects CEO

November 1 – The Detroit News

A group of 15 CEOs from Southeast Michigan and the Detroit Regional Chamber have launched an unnamed regional economic entity dedicated to spurring job growth. Barry Matherly, who heads a similar organization in Richmond, Virginia, will serve as the nonprofit’s CEO starting Jan. 3, working to attract out-of-state and international companies to the 11-county region.

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Michigan’s Proposal 3: How it would make registering to vote easier

October 26 – Detroit Free Press

In every general election, the state of Idaho averages a significant number of residents who register on Election Day to vote: About 50,000 people. And the option may soon be available to Michigan voters under a November ballot proposal that would usher in sweeping changes to the state’s election law. The proposal would allow absentee ballots for any reason, provide the option of straight-ticket voting, and allow a citizen to register to vote up to and on Election Day, among other provisions.

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Gretchen Whitmer: I’ll pay to fix Michigan by ‘closing loopholes’

October 26 – Bridge

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer has big plans for Michigan – and they’ll cost a pretty penny. The former Senate minority leader from East Lansing promises to repeal the pension tax, replace lead water lines statewide, pay for two years of debt-free college to all residents (as well as universal pre-K) and, of course, fix “the damn roads.”

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Workforce solution? Tuition help for workers that actually helps

October 21 – Crain’s Detroit

With employers scrambling to find new workers with the right talents and skills to fill critical jobs, perhaps they’re already under the companies’ roofs. Many companies offer tuition assistance or reimbursement programs for employees to go back to school and earn a certificate or degree or just to take certain courses to hone skills the employer needs.

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Detroit Chamber Backs Whitmer

October 18 – Gongwer

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer picked up her first major business endorsement Wednesday when the Detroit Regional Chamber political action committee said she had a better record and a better plan on issues important to its members.

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Bishop Earns Detroit Chamber Endorsement

October 18 – WHMI 93.5FM

The Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce has made an endorsement in what’s become the most expensive Congressional race in Michigan history. The chamber’s political action committee offered public support on Wednesday for 8th District Republican Congressman Mike Bishop.

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